Opinion Paradigm shifts?
Opinion Paradigm shifts?
Paradigm shifts?
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April 27, 2014
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April 27, 2014

James Gleick, author of Chaos: “The Making of a New Science”, referred to paradigm shifts as a set of ideas which requires people to reorganize their picture of the world, thus, provoking hostile acts and thoughts that may tackle the impending development. In science, paradigm shift is considered to be the act of changing assumptions or the act of replacing a system to an updated model due to the fact that old theories and practices are proven to be flawed or outdated. Sooner or later, Lasallians who are entering the 2014-2015 academic year are bound to experience a series of paradigm shifts. From the basic Lasallian curriculum to the major reconstruction of the academic calendar, students of De La Salle University (DLSU) will undergo a major overhaul to address the needs and practices of the current generation especially when it comes to reaching the benchmarks of the international academic community. One of the lesser noticed paradigm shifts, however, happens on a grassroot level for Lasallian students. Recently, the 2014 General Elections concluded it’s run after candidates from both sides of the political spectrum, which includes an independent candidate, are proclaimed as the winners of the race and are set to enter the following academic year as the newest batch of incoming University Student Government (USG) officers. While it is on a high note that the USG is once again blessed with motivated student leaders through student electoral efforts, it is still important to keep in mind that elections are avenues for reform and favorable shifts that will focus on the betterment of student interests and not personal businesses. With that in mind, and as a tedious academic year looms over the short summer vacation, I beg to ask a simple question to each and every Lasallian. Will there be evident changes from the next set of USG officers? Throughout the election, candidates from all corners of the university talked about their platforms and agendas that solely revolves on the concept of change. From the idea of being powered to put students first and down to tackling national issues through the use of a catchy Filipino word that will motivate Lasallians wherever they may be, the concept of change is being repeatedly shoved into the thoughts of Lasallian voters. However, what will the seated officers change exactly? Although operationally speaking, there are some student concerns which are resolved by elected student officers, but the promise of change has been a long standing platform that has been pitched by candidates and yet it remains in a stagnant condition after the annual elections reaches its conclusion. In a political perspective, it is normal that candidates will promise or offer a form of change as a way to sell themselves to the voting populace. Change is an easy to sell tool to gain votes. Moreover, it is an effective marketing strategy to say that a candidate or a party is going to go against the status quo. The reaction that this garners will establish an immediate voting pool for those who are running due to the fact that political regimes will always be plagued by constituents who aren’t satisfied with the incumbent system. Nevertheless, will the concept of change be forever slated as a marketing ploy to gain votes from the students who are opposed to the status quo? Going back to the concept which I have stated at the beginning of this piece, I personally think that it is about time for people in the university to reorganize their set of thoughts when it comes to picturing the bigger Lasallian image. The rationale behind this is that the following academic year will feature the transitionary phase for the new academic calendar. Furthermore, issues regarding a refurbished curriculum will also bring about major shifts throughout the student body of DLSU. That is why the change that we are all promised during the elections must soon come to a fruition and breakaway from the notion that it is just a simple marketing move to gain votes. This change, I believe, will start first with our esteemed elected student leaders for the following academic year as they spearhead the reorganization of thoughts, which then will result to students finally experiencing the promised change when the impending paradigm shift hits the University. For the upcoming academic year of 2014-2015, which actually features a special fourth term as an adjustment phase for the university, I am assuming a fearless forecast that this year will be plagued by student issues ranging from a revamped curriculum down to the simple task of enrolling and establishing a chosen schedule for the term. With this, I conclude and bid my farewells to the current academic year of 2013-2014. And on the other hand, before the following year kicks off, I say welcome to the new age of the University’s very own version of paradigm shifts.